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  • Images of Lustby James Jerman; Anthony Weir

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Sexually explicit sculptures may be found on a number of medieval churches in France and Spain. This fascinating study examines the origins and purposes of these sculptures, viewing them not as magical fertility symbols, nor even as idols of ancient pre-Christian religions, but as serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medieval... more...

  • Sheela-na-gigsby Barbara Freitag

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 44.95

    A study of the mysterious stone carvings of naked females exposing their genitals on medieval churches all over the British Isles. more...

  • Royal bronze statuary from ancient Egyptby M. Hill

    BRILL 2004; US$ 118.00

    This study exploits the clues offered by bronze royal statuary to carefully analyze this large subgroup by identifying 125 datable examples out of nearly 300. It also establishes a more precise understanding of the role of small royal bronze statuary through a focus on the popular kneeling pose. more...

  • Roman Imperial Statue Basesby Jakob Munk Hřjte

    Aarhus University Press 2005; US$ 47.75

    This volume includes a catalogue of 2,300 known statue bases from nearly 800 sites throughout the Roman Empire. Moreover, since it covers a period of 250 years, it allows for the first time consistent geographic, chronological and commemorative patterns to emerge. more...

  • Laokoon in Literatur und Kunstby Dorothee Gall; Anja Wolkenhauer

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 168.00

    The fate of the Trojan priest Laokoon was related in Antiquity by, among others, Sophocles, Virgil and Quintus Smyrnaeus. The rediscovery of the Laokoon statue group in Rome in 1506 led to numerous new works, including many in the visual arts. The contributions in the proceedings of the symposium presented here analyse key moments in the ancient and... more...

  • Roman Portraits in Contextby Jane Fejfer

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 168.00

    No other monumental art form was so widely disseminated throughout the Roman Empire as the portrait statue, and its impact on city life was crucial. By combining a wide socio-historical perspective with a close reading of individual images, their setting, and their inscribed texts, this book suggests how to read the meaning of portraits, even the ones... more...

  • Pioneer Cemeteriesby Annette Stott

    University of Nebraska Press 2008; US$ 36.95

    As pioneers attempted to settle and civilize the “Wild West,” cemeteries became important cultural centers. Filled with carved wooden headboards, inscribed local stones, and Italian marble statues, cemeteries functioned as symbols of stability and progress toward a European-inspired vision of Manifest Destiny. As repositories of art and history,... more...

  • Berkeley Platoby Stephen G. Miller

    University of California Press 2009; US$ 63.00

    This book explores the provenance of the so-called Berkeley Herm of Plato, a sculptural portrait that Stephen G. Miller first encountered over thirty years ago in a university storage basement. The head, languishing since its arrival in 1902, had become detached from the body, or herm, and had been labeled a fake. In 2002, while preparing another book,... more...

  • Animals in Stoneby Alexandra van der Geer

    BRILL 2008; US$ 242.00

    The art history of South Asian covers a time span of roughly four and a half thousand years. During this period, a vast number of animal stone sculptures has been produced, ranging from the pre-historic period till today and covering a great variety of motifs and imagery in different regions and religious traditions. Even so, the number of studies... more...

  • Egyptianizing Figurines from Delosby Caitlín Barrett

    BRILL 2011; US$ 241.00

    This book investigates Hellenistic popular religion through an interdisciplinary study of figurines of Egyptian deities from Delos. The results offer a new perspective on Hellenistic reinterpretations of Egyptian religion, as well as the relationship between ?popular? and ?official? cults. more...